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LEDs light up in a server rack in a data center.

Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via Reuters

Electric Company and Water Works

The artificial intelligence boom has brought new strains on the environment, namely through demands on electricity and water. The International Energy Agency estimates that, by 2026, the rise of AI and cryptocurrency will lead to an increase in electricity used by global data centers—a figure that could range anywhere between a 35% and 128% increase.

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